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Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Dividing the Marital Estate and Figuring Alimony

 Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Dividing the Marital Estate and Figuring Alimony
CPE Credit

Program Type: VideoCast (Audio,Video, PPT Presentation)
Program Level: Basic
Prerequisites: Previous training or experience with the fundamentals of the subject matter.
Advanced Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based
CPE Credits: Two (2) Hours
Fields of Study: Accounting
Item Number: 15PFFFTL08B
Shipping Weight: 0lbs. 0oz.
Price: $110.00
Program Description

This webinar is a guide to analyzing and presenting a proposed marital estate division coupled with a scientific method to calculate alimony payable by the higher-earning spouse to the lower-earning spouse that is sophisticated enough to withstand cross examination, yet straightforward enough for non-CPAs to understand. The alimony analysis incorporates aspects of a simplified, lifetime financial plan based on the proposed division that contrasts the post-divorce standard of living with the pre-divorce standard of living.

Learning Objectives

After completing this session, attendees will be able to:

- Construct a sophisticated analysis that scientifically calculates one spouse's support needs and the other spouse's ability to pay that support, which is the primary standard most states require for assessing alimony
- Recognize the aspects of a specialty that is in demand for seasoned accountants and financial analysts
- Determine necessary family law principles and financial planning techniques to be used for presentation at mediations, settlements, and trial
- Describe practice tips and techniques to be used to avoid cross examination and testimony traps

Who Should Attend

CPAs and CVAs looking to expand their practice into a growing family law niche, or learn tried-and-true methods to solidify their knowledge. Attorneys will also benefit from learning the methods and sources that experts use in order to formulate deposition and cross examination questions.


Robert Vance, CPA, CVA, CFP, ABV, CFF
Mr. Robert Vance is a forensic CPA and the principal of Forensic & Valuation Services, PLC in Memphis, Tennessee. Throughout the region, he concentrates his practice on business valuation, divorce litigation support, commercial and personal injury economic damage calculations, foren-sic investigations and expert witness testimony.

Mr. Vance received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Tennessee and has become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Mr. Vance has been appointed as a Special Mas-ter five times and qualified as an expert and testified in ninety-seven trials in forty-two different courts in four states. Fourteen of the testimonies were before a jury.

Mr. Vance is a Past-President of the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of CPAs and is a member of the National Association of Forensic Economics, National Association of CVAs, the American Institute of CPAs and sits on the state-wide Forensic & Valuation Services Task Force of the TSCPA that plans the annual FVS Conference in Nashville. He has served as an of-ficer on several non-profit Boards including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis and The Phoenix Club.

Mr. Vance has published many pieces on business valuation, economic damages and divorce-related subjects in a variety of professional journals including a chapter for the national publica-tion, Valuing Professional Practices and Licenses, A Guide for the Matrimonial Practitioner, and articles in the Tennessee Bar Journal, TSCPA’s CPA Journal, Memphis Lawyer, American Journal of Family Law, Memphis Business Journal, Family Practice-The Newsletter for the Family Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, and The Young Lawyers’ Appeal. He has conducted over eighty-seven continuing education seminars throughout the Mid-South and at national conferences for the Tennessee Society of CPAs, the Memphis, Knoxville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, NACVA, AICPA, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, Tennessee Assoc. for Justice, and other private organizations.